We are extremely excited to welcome Boenicke Audio to our showroom portfolio. We often get approached by Hi-Fi companies to add their products to our demo range however, when Whole Note distribution contacted us to try out Boenicke speakers, we were very keen to try them as they looked stunning. What we did not expect, is what came next.. The moment we connected the speakers and heard them, we were left speechless. How is it possible such a tiny speaker (W5 is less than 30cm in height) can produce such an incredible sound that fills the room and makes the hairs on your neck stand up.... After listening to several albums, the decision was made...!
W5 Standing just 293 mm tall and 104 mm wide, the W5 doesn’t impose itself on any listening space. Once you listen, you’ll be hooked on just how big the little W5 sounds. Boasting just 2.8 L of cabinet volume, the W5 really shouldn’t fill your listening space with such grace and ease!
W8 The W8 is the first floorstander in the Boenicke Audio range. You’ll note how the design aspects flow from the little W5 into the side-firing woofer and widebander to which the W8 adds a dedicated midrange and larger ambient tweeter. The midrange driver is a custom design and sports an apple tree phase plug and maple cone on the back of the magnet. Expect deeper and more plentiful bass with the ability to fill most domestic listening spaces. Listening to the W8 for the first time is finally hearing your favourite musicians as living entities within your listening space and no longer as two-dimensional cut-outs. The magic of individuals playing together to create a performance is laid bare by the W8 as an experience you will enjoy each time you listen.
After what seems like a very long time its nice to open the doors and start seeing people again. It has certainly been an interesting time over the last year... Whilst adapting to working in a different way, it has been great to continue interacting (albeit remotely) with everyone. Challenges of doing home demos by sending equipment to your homes and then holding FaceTime / Zoom consolations whilst you are listening has certainly been a new experience!
To the many of you who continued to purchase from us despite the absence of our demo facility, a big thank you for the support - it has been interesting to see how the home demo experience has been beneficial to so many, we will of course continue to offer this service and perhaps even expand this further.
Our supplier and manufacturer partners have been incredibly busy over the last year and we have plenty of new products plus significant revisions to existing models too. Over the next few weeks we will introduce you to these exciting developments plus new arrivals in our demo stock.
Moon by Simaudio - Now with Apple Airplay 2 & Spotify..
The team at Moon have been busy implementing new features to our favourite streamers and all MOON products that contain the MiND module. Now with Apple Airplay 2 - integration with your favourite "i" device is super slick, a simple gesture on the screen of your iPhone or iPad will reveal your MOON available as an Airplay device.
Watching Netflix on your iPad? Just send the audio to your MOON system for the full soundtrack!
Listening to BBC sounds on your MacBook? simply click on the Airplay icon in the task bar to beam the sound out of your laptop and into your MOON system - Amazing !
As if that wasn't enough, Spotify is now supported too, although we have always recommended other higher bitrate platforms we know a lot of you use Spotify and happily Spotify are now moving to higher bitrates too
Click here to read more
Nordost - Power Cables & Jumper Links
As many of you have experienced recently, our recommendation of Nordost cables has shown just how much more your system can be capable of when connected with high performance cables.
We have always suggested that power cables are an often overlooked, important component in their own right. The Red Dawn power cables offer a significant improvement for all pieces of equipment, amplifiers, streamers, DACs & CD Players. Hi-Fi Choice recommend the Red Dawn in their latest review (linked below)
We have stock of the Red Dawn power cables in the popular 1m, 1.5m & 2m lengths.
Click here to view the Hi-Fi Choice Nordost Red Dawn review
Another cable link in our systems that is often overlooked are the small metal plates used to connect the bi-wire terminals on the back of our speakers. If you haven't tried changing these for dedicated links you might be in for a pleasant surprise - possibly one of the cheapest single upgrades on any system.
Click here to read the Hi-Fi Choice Nordost Link Jumper review
Sonus Faber - Heritage & Sonetto range news
Exciting news from Sonus Faber in the form of an elegant new floor standing model in the Heritage Range. The Maxima Amator expands on the traditional design lines of this range with exemplary performance. The style looks back to Sonus Faber designs of years gone by however, the sound of these speakers is anything but! The Maxima Amator wowed Hi-Fi News to the extent of awarding the speaker "Outstanding Product" status. You can read all about that below :
Sonus Faber - Maxima Amator Hifi News Review - Outstanding Product !
The Sonetto range continues to find new homes amongst our customers, The Sonetto 3 & 5 proving very popular. The sonic pairing with MOON amplification is sublime, the combination of the ACE and Sonetto is very strong indeed. We have the Sonetto models available for demo either in the showroom or at home.
Some glowing reviews can be read below :
Sonus Faber - Sonetto 3 Hi-Fi World Review
Sonus Faber - Sonetto 8 Hi-Fi Critic Review
VPI - Prime 21 Turntable
Another new member of our demo team, the Prime 21 is an extraordinary turntable, so quite and so refined, the music simply jumps out of the groove when playing on this deck.
We have the Prime 21+ on demo - perhaps the first plug and play high performance turntable - The Prime 21+ has the addition of a VPI Shyla MC cartridge (custom made by Audio Technica) and a VPI Weisline tonearm cable (manufactured by Nordost) included in the box, simply unpack and plug in ! The new walnut finish is very nice indeed..
VPI Prime 21 - What Hi-Fi Review
As we slowly return to normal, the offices and showroom will continue to operate by appointment (as we have over the last year)
Please just call to book a slot.
We are all very much looking forward to seeing you again, face to face, for chat about Audio, Music, Movies, or just about anything in particular!
We are very happy to announce that Sonus Faber has launched its trade in promotion (previously not available in the UK and Isle of Man) to allow anyone interested in upgrading their speakers, a fantastic opportunity to do so with Sonus Faber. The promotion will run until the end of 2020 and works like this
You can trade in your existing speakers for any new Sonus Faber speaker 2.5 times (or more) the value of your original speakers purchase price. When doing so Sonus Faber will give you back the price you paid for your original speakers. I don't think we have ever seen such a great trade in deal before from any manufacturer!
Please get in touch to discuss this further, the trade in is very simple and includes any loudspeaker brand or existing Sonus Faber you have. Amazing!
It has been an incredible few months building our new showroom space in Port Erin and finally, we are happy say, we are now open !
Having established our London store, O’Brien Hi-Fi, in 1966, the Absolute Abode team brings over 50 years of experience to the Isle of Man. Our aim is to bring music and movies to stunning life and, to integrate this with simple to use technology such as intelligent control, lighting and blind systems All our systems are designed, supplied and installed with a focus on energy efficiency and reduced environmental impact.
We are open by appointment (evenings & weekends too) - so please get in touch to book a visit !